Unofficial declaration of victory in Iraq. From the looks of things, we have completed the mission and now it’s time to head home. Whether we leave any troops and build a permanent base is a discussion for another day.
There was a time when I no longer supported the war; before the buildup, when the war was becoming seemingly more gruesome and senseless, I questioned it. After the surge, and the change in strategy I began to see that resilience in the face of difficult situations was incredibly important, especially in light of the success of military operations in Iraq, and I apologize for my doubt.
And so I salute the troops and celebrate VI Day. But we must remember, there is still a war in Afghanistan to contend with.